The Measure

Cori’s Pick: The Measure by Nikki Erlick I don’t usually use other people’s words here, but the “charming and thought-provoking” endorsement from magazine giant Marie Claire for this new debut from Nikki Erlick are PRECISELY the right words.  Kudos Marie Claire, and thank you.  One morning, no matter where you laid your head to rest,…

More Than You’ll Ever Know

Cori’s Pick: More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez I’ve said it before and I will say it again, debut fiction is the best fiction.  I am always on the lookout for fresh new authors that are chomping at the bit to, quite literally, tell us their story.  My most recent find is More…

Reprieve

Jane’s Pick: Reprieve by James Han Mattson Quigley House is an escape room designed like a haunted house – the twist is that it is full-contact – the actors, dressed in horror costumes interact and menace the contestants. Contestants are paired in groups of 4 and must use teamwork to get through all 6 cells…

The Swimmers

Jane’s Pick: The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka This book surprised me – I began the book thinking it would be a quirky book about a community swimming pool. And it is for a while, but then the book shifts to the personal and becomes a heartbreaking, poignant story about a mother fading into dementia and…

The Cartographers

Jane’s Pick: The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd What a magical little mystery – I loved this book! I had heard good things about it but purposely went into reading it knowing very little about the plot. Quickly, the writing drew me into the mystery – how can I resist historic public libraries, archives, and maps?!?…

15 Must-Reads for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite titles in our collection by and about women who have helped shape our history and have paved the way for future generations of women to come. Check out these 15 recommendations and find a new favorite today! The Agitators:…

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Sharpe’s Assassin

Bob’s Pick: Sharpe’s Assassin by Bernard Cornwall It’s been a number of years since the last book was written about Richard Sharpe. With over twenty books dedicated to his exploits with the British army during primarily the Napoleonic Wars, he is undoubtedly one of the most documented people in fictional history and if anything else,…

The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice by Fred Yu

Bob’s Pick: The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice by Fred Yu Sorry, no helpful tips on growing orchids are in this book. Think more about Ancient China, presumably about the third century A.D.. This period of time is often referred as the time of the three kingdoms and five “tiger” generals. It was a very tumultuous time…

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan

Bob’s Pick: The Pariah by Anthony Ryan Imagine what Robin Hood and his merry men would have been like if they instead were just a bunch of common criminals, a joyless but pragmatic group of outcastes, thieves and thugs. Though the band of outlaws in this book is not that of Robin Hood, they are…